Pope Francis called for the removal of the “new colonialism” that he described as unfair to poor citizens around the world and developing countries that solely rely on making goods for developed nations.
Originally, the pope traveled to Bolivia to offer an apology for the way the Roman Catholic Church oppressed Latin America during the colonial period, but later turned his July 9 speech into more of a criticism of the current economic order around the world.
The pope started his apology by addressing previous accusation that the Church’s influence superseded any punishments the Church would have faced during the colonial period due to the treatment of Latin Americans, The New York Times reported.
“Some may rightly say, ‘When the pope speaks of colonialism, he overlooks certain actions of the church.’ I say this to you with regret: Many grave sins were committed against the native people of America in the name of God. I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offense of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America,” he said.
The pope’s most recent comments continue to showcase his political and ideological views. In June, he spoke about his belief in global warming and urged the global economies and relationships to come together to curb emissions and work towards more energy-friendly policies and procedures in their nations.
He heavily criticized Western capitalism in his Bolivia speech, calling “the unfettered pursuit of money” the “dung of the devil” and called world leaders cowards for exploiting poor nations that typically build goods and provide service at a much lower rate than others.
“The system is by now intolerable: farm workers find it intolerable, laborers find it intolerable, communities find it intolerable, people find it intolerable … The earth itself … also finds it intolerable,” Francis said. He also criticized the trade deal that President Barack Obama supported and ultimately signed, but did not mention the commander in chief by name.
“The new colonialism takes on different faces. At times it appears as the anonymous influence of mammon: corporations, loan agencies, certain ‘free trade’ treaties, and the imposition of measures of ‘austerity’ which always tighten the belt of workers and the poor,” he said, also referencing Europe’s ultimatum to Greece in its economic uncertainty.